Advice for parishes and clergy

The Chaplain is always available to any parishes or organisations within the Diocese. Email:


Here are some suggestions of when to contact the Chaplain:

  • advicewhen you have a Deaf, BSL-user come to your church, either for a special service, or wanting to come regularly
  • when you have a Deaf child coming to church, or one of the groups associated with your church.
  • when a Deaf, BSL-user comes for baptism or confirmation, and you need to be able to include them in special classes
  • when you have a funeral service, and some of the family or friends are Deaf
  • when you have hearing people in your congregation who are learning BSL and want to use their skills within the church
  • when you want to encourage your church Signer in their ministry
  • when you want to inform your congregation about different ways of being the Church within the Diocese, whether by speaking to a group or preaching during a service
  • when you want to include people who are Deaf in your social or outreach events for the community.

How you can work with the Chaplaincy:

Another part of the Chaplain’s role is to seek out those parishes, congregations or individuals who want to work in partnership with the Chaplaincy. If you, your congregation, or a group within it, would be interested in:

  • becoming partners with us in prayer,
  • visiting the Deaf Church and experiencing a service in sign language,
  • developing regular signed services in your parish
  • becoming a centre where Deaf and hearing can come together
  • using your building to hold classes in basic BSL for church members

Please get in touch with the chaplain.

Downloadable Information for Parishes

Advice for the Occasional Offices when Deaf people are present

Being Aware of Deaf People in Church- London